HO, HO, HO, Merry Christmas Is Over ... What's Next?

Did you receive what you wanted for Christmas or did you get what you expected? Were you satisfied, or were you discouraged by it all? I personally have some fantastic memories of Christmas as a child, however, there were also some times of great disappointment. That is true for many people. Christmas holds much promise for what could be and then the true reality sets in.

Well Christmas is a memory, now what do we do? It is certainly time to put away things. Decorations, lights, and all seasonal items. If you decorated, it is time to put all that away. wrapping paper, gift bags,and bows. Just as we put these things away, we should put away our hurts, our unfulfilled expectations, put away the comparisons. Let us not forget what Christmas is supposed to be about. In ( Acts 20:35) the Lord says "It is more blessed to give than to receive."

It is time to express Gratitude Gratitude for what we have received. Certainly we should be thankful for the gifts we have received from those who love us. But lets not forget about the many other gifts, Family, Friends, Health, Jobs, and Church. Maybe the most important is our salvation through Christ Jesus. In (Romans 6:23) it says, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

It is time to return to a normal routine. Christmas has been fun, but it is time to return to normal. For some of us that means a change in what we eat. For others it will mean going back to work and getting back on task. For children it means getting back to school and for believers it will mean getting back to the basics of living for Him each day.

It is time to begin thinking about the New Year. The year 2020 is almost history! It is good for us to reflect upon what we have gotten done in this past year. However, more important is for us to plan for what we will do in the year to come. The year 2021 will be a blank sheet, what will we write with our lives?

I was given this bit of information years ago: Plan your work, and then work your plan. It simply means that we need to give consideration to what we will do with the time that God allows us.


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